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Friday, August 22, 2014

What’s in a Name? Everything.

*All names used in this blog are just examples and have never been patients of mine. Trust me though, even if I could tell you some of the names of children I've personally met, you wouldn't believe me. One of my biggest pet-peeves in pediatric practice today is baby names. We have a crisis going [...]

Friday, August 8, 2014

What Olivia Wilde Got Wrong About Breastfeeding

What they say breastfeeding your newborn looks like: What it usually looks like: Sheesh, Olivia’s beautiful alright, and Otis is pretty cute himself. I think we all saw the viral picture of Olivia Wilde breastfeeding her son for the latest edition of Glamour magazine. If you haven’t, read her interview here. As a pediatric nurse [...]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Bone to Pick with Baby-Led Weaning

I have a bone to pick with baby-led weaning, literally. Baby-led weaning is a new feeding method in which children feed themselves independently from the first introduction of solid food - usually around 6 months. Rising in popularity, this new trend has babies forego "mush" (purées) and spoon feeding and go directly to solid foods [...]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Journey Leaving the Anti-Vaccination Movement

As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I have given thousands of vaccines to children. But most people don't know something very important about me. I have a history with vaccinations that I have kept quiet for a long time. I was a part of the anti-vaccination movement. I am the first born of four children to [...]